Individual Transition Planning Guide

What is an Individual
Transition Plan?
The Individual Transition Plan is a written plan
which outlines what a student will need to live,
work and play as an adult. It should be written
at least four years before someone is leaving
school. The ITP is written with the help of the
student, parent, teacher, social worker or service
coordinator and adult service provider. It spells
out what everyone needs to do in order to
provide the training and services needed for a
smooth ‘transition’ from school. It is a bridge
between the Individual Education Program and
other plans – like the Individual Program Plan.
Some words and terms you should know
Goal: This tells the general direction a person is going in, like “living in an apart-
ment or working in the community or attending classes at the community college.”
Individual Education Program: The IEP is written for students who
receive special education services. This is a written plan which tells a student’s
present strengths as well as educational goals and objectives for the school year.
It contains specific plans for teaching skills that will help people be more
independent.
Individual Program Plan: The IPP is a written plan which provides general
goals in areas other than education like work and recreation/leisure.
Special Education: Services for students who are not succeeding in regular
education and need additional educational experiences in order to become
independent and productive adults.
Transition: A carefully planned process which help students move from school to
adult life in the community.
If there are other words or terms that you want to ask someone about, just write
them down:
Word or term What it means
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